Burma's New Year & ANZAC - 14 days

FROM USD $4,699

This tour has been perfectly timed to combine the best of Burma, with the Water Festival - Burma’s most celebrated holiday and ANZAC Day, when you can pay your respects to fallen soldiers at Thanbyuzayat WWII cemetary which contains almost 4000 graves of Allied POWs who died while building infamous Death Railway.

Day 1: Welcome to Burma!
Tuesday 14 April 2015. Welcome to Yangon! Following your hotel transfer and check-in, feel free to explore the city at your own leisure. Overnight - Yangon
Day 2: Yangon City Tour
Yangon - breakfast. Today we set out to explore the fascinating city of Yangon and its famous religious monuments. Highlights include Chaukhtagyi Paya and Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park, City Hall and the High Court. After a break for lunch we visit the Naga Cave monastic school, followed by an evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight - Yangon (B)
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Enjoy plenty of local interaction on a tour of Burma.
Day 3: Water Festival Celebrations
Yangon - Mandalay - breakfast. This morning we fly to Mandalay to join the revelry of the Water Festival, which celebrates the start of the new year. Here we will visit various pandals, where we may receive traditional treats such as boiled gluten rice balls and coconut jelly. In the afternoon we will visit the golden Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace, the Shwenandaw Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Our day concludes with Mandalay Hill and depending on the time, a spectacular sunset with vistas across the city. Overnight - Mandalay (B)
Explore Mandalay on a tour of Burma.
Day 4: Mandalay's Monasteries
Mandalay – breakfast. As a former capital of Burma, the ancient city of Amarapura is rich in sights and this morning we visit the largest teaching monastery in the country, the Mahagandayon Monastery. Everyday hundreds of monks queue to receive their daily alms from the people. We also visit the longest teak bridge in the world, the U Bein Bridge set over the enchanting Taungthaman Lake, and the Mahamuni Temple, home to an ancient bronze Buddha image. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local handicraft workshop. The afternoon is spent at the historical city of Inwa where a horse-drawn carriage brings us to the stone Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, the Mainu brick monastery and the old watchtower. Later we continue on to Ywataung Village in the Sagaing Hills, set on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Here we visit a silver workshop and several pagodas before driving back to Mandalay. Overnight - Mandalay (B)
Day 5: Boat Ride to Bagan
Mandalay – Bagan – breakfast. Transferring to the jetty this morning we board a boat for a scenic cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River taking us to Bagan. Sit back and relax as the vessel plies its course past rolling fields of green. Arriving into Bagan later this evening we transfer to our hotel. Please note: If the boat does not operate in April due to weather conditions we will fly to Bagan. Spend the morning at leisure in Mandalay before transferring to the airport. Overnight - Bagan (B)
Marvel at Bagan's stupas on a tour of Burma.
Days 6 - 7: Bagan's Stupas
Bagan – breakfast. Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the green, dusty plains of Bagan. Over 2000 temples and pagodas dating back some 800 years create one of the most impressive skylines to be seen in Southeast Asia. Day 6 begins with a visit to the town of Nyaung-U to see the local market and Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the simple Kyansittha Cave Temple with interesting 12th century frescoes.

We continue to the Manuha Temple to see the gigantic Buddhas housed inside and the sandstone carvings of the nearby Nanpaya Temple, and on to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. We stop for a photo opportunity at the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple before visiting the Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive structure famous for its brickwork, and the Mingalarzedi Pagoda, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century. At a local lacquer workshop we witness how local craftsmen skilfully prepare Bagan’s most famous handicraft. Enjoy free time on day 7 to further explore the city. Overnight - Bagan (B:2)
Day 8: Yangon War Cemetery
Bagan – Yangon – breakfast. An early morning flight takes us back to Yangon where we visit the Taukkyan War Cemetery, a memorial to the Allied soldiers of the British Commonwealth who died in Burma during the Second World War. Here the four battlefields of Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw were brought together, as their original locations were deemed too difficult to access. After paying our respects to the fallen soldiers we head to the beautiful Kandawgyi Royal Lake where we visit the Botantaung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty. Overnight - Yangon (B)
Visit the Golden Temple on a tour of Burma.
Day 9: The Golden Rock
Yangon – Golden Rock – breakfast. Today we head to Kyaikhtiyo Hill, the location of the Golden Rock Pagoda, one of the best-known pilgrimage sites in the country. The last hour of our journey to the top of Kyaikhtiyo is done on foot, but its well worth the climb. Upon reaching the summit enjoy breathtaking views and a magnificent sunset. Overnight - Kyaikhtiyo (B)
Day 10: Hpa An
Kyaikhtiyo - Hpa An - breakfast. After breakfast we head to Hpa An, the capital of the Kayin State. En route we stop off in Thaton to explore a network of caves, including Ba Yin Nyi and Kawgun caves. An evening visit to Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda on Mount Zwegabin offers lovely views of the river. Overnight - Hpa An (B)
See the highlights of Burma on a Battlefield tour.
Day 11: Mawlamyine
Hpa An - Mawlamyine - breakfast. Continuing our journey we head to Mawlamyine, where we explore the caves of Sadan and Khayone. In the afternoon we climb the Mawlamyine Hill, where we can see the famous Mahamuni Buddha image and the 100-year old Seindon Mibaya Kyaung. In the evening enjoy a sunset view of the Mawlamyine and Thanlyin Rivers from Kyaikthanlan Payar. Overnight - Mawlamyine (B)
Day 12: The Death Railway - ANZZAC Day
Mawlamyine - breakfast. Today is ANZAC Day and to commemorate this special occasion we drive to Thanbyuzayat to the World War II cemetery which contains almost 4000 graves of Allied prisoners of war - from Australia, New Zealand and Britain, who died while building infamous Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. Overnight - Mawlamyine (B)
Day 13: Beautiful Bago
Mawlmyine - Bago - Yangon - breakfast. On our way back to Yangon we stop off in Bago, the ancient Mon capital. Here we see the Shwemawdaw and Kyaikpun pagodas and a reclining Buddha before returning to the capital city. Overnight - Yangon. Overnight - Yangon (B)
Day 14: Goodbye Burma!
Monday 27 April 2015. Today after breakfast your tour comes to an end. Included transfer to airport for onward travel. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Yangon / Ends in: Yangon
  • Departs: 14 April 2014
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:13, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3-4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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